Nia H. Gill

09 Dec: Senator Gill On The Signing Of The ‘Needle Exchange’ Bill

TRENTON – Senator Nia H. Gill, D-Essex, released the following statement today regarding Governor Jon Corzine’s signing of S-494, the “Blood-borne Disease Harm Reduction Act,” or “Needle Exchange” bill, which permits the establishment of sterile syringe access programs within municipalities:

“I am here today because we are saving lives.

“Today we take a major step in saving the many lives of New Jersey residents from the AIDS pandemic that is ravaging the word and our state. By enacting this legislation, we can begin to turn back the hands of time to change inaction to life-saving action.

12 Oct: Senator Gill Notes Progress Of Life-Saving Needle Exchange Plan

TRENTON – Senator Nia H. Gill today applauded the legislative progress of her bill, S-494, to authorize needle exchange programs which will bring New Jersey closer to containing the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Senator Gill’s measure, which would authorize trial needle exchange programs in six municipalities, was approved today the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee and now goes to the full Senate. It advanced with a $10 million appropriation that is to be used solely to expand drug treatment programs.

18 Sep: Gill Statement On Needle Exchange Approval In Health Committee

TRENTON – Senator Nia H. Gill, D-Essex and Passaic, the prime sponsor of legislation enabling a sterile syringe access program to reduce the rate of infection of HIV/AIDS among intravenous drug users in New Jersey, issued the following statement regarding the bill’s approval in the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today by a vote of 5-2, with one abstention:

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and New Jersey is the only state in the nation that does not permit needle exchange programs to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.

26 Jul: Rice Demands Farber Intervene In Getting Answers From The Gangland Security Task Force

NEWARK – Senator Ronald L. Rice released the following statement today in regards to the rising gang-related crime in New Jersey and the lack of noticeable progress by a task force assembled to study the problem.

“We need to have real action immediately on solving the gang problem in our State. The killings and shootings are taking place on a daily basis in our urban communities and we no longer have time for empty rhetoric — we need solutions now.

26 Jun: Gill: Identity Theft Victims Can’t Be Denied Credit

TRENTON – The Senate today approved a measure, sponsored by Senator Nia H. Gill, that would make it illegal for creditors to deny credit to a person solely because that individual was a victim of identity theft.

“Victims of identity theft shouldn’t have to endure further injustice by being subjected to bad credit ratings,” said Senator Gill, Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee. “If their credit is otherwise in good standing, they should not be subjected to delays or denied credit simply because they were victims of identity theft.”

17 Apr: Gill Measure Signed To Help Homeowners Settle Mortgage Debt

TRENTON – A bill, S-1181, sponsored by Senator Nia H. Gill to help homeowners save their homes from foreclosure by finding out exactly how much they owe was signed into law today by Governor Corzine.

“Before a lender takes the final step to foreclose on someone’s home, the owners with the debt should be able to find out exactly how much they owe,” said Senator Gill, the Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee. “This new law will help people put together the correct amount to settle the debt and save their homes.”

09 Jan: Gill Statement On Legislative Approval For Bills Expanding Domestic Partnership Rights

TRENTON – Senator Nia H. Gill, D-Essex and Passaic, made the following statement today following the final passage of bill S-2083, which would give domestic partners funeral and inheritance rights, and S-2167, which would permit public entities that do not participate in the State Health Benefits Plan to offer health benefits to the domestic partners of employees:

“We are constantly working to make our domestic partnership law stronger and provide to same-sex couples with rights that are equal to those of married couples. We are still a long way away from having true equality, but each year we are striving to bridge the gap.

15 Dec: Gill On Final Legislative Approval Of Charitable Immunity Reform

TRENTON – Senator Nia H. Gill, the prime sponsor of legislation to remove the legal protection for charities that negligently put children in harm’s way by hiding sexual predators within the institutional framework of the charity, issued the following statement on its passage today in the Senate by a vote of 34-1, receiving final legislative approval:

“Victims of sexual abuse have waited so long for their day of reckoning, and today, we are so much closer to granting them the justice they so richly deserve.

26 Sep: Bryant-Gill Law Will Boost Community Health Care

TRENTON – A bill, sponsored by Senators Wayne R. Bryant and Nia H. Gill to boost the ability of locally-based health care centers to meet the needs of their communities was signed into law today by Acting Gov. Codey.

“The growing network of community health care centers serves the front lines of those in need,” said Senator Bryant, D-Camden. “By going into communities where they meet the needs of both the insured and uninsured, health care centers provide life-saving services to the underserved.”